Members of Multi-Party Constituency Committee (MPCC) for Dowa Central has been lauded for the effort it is doing in uniting people of different political parties in the district to work together and do various development together.
The committee is also used as an arbitrator in various feuds happening in the district.
According to National Initiative for Civic Education Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning Officer, Derex Souza, the presence of MPCC has managed to mollify wrangles and help build rapport among people in the district.
The commendation came when disagreements have arisen between vendors of Mponela Market and Development Aid from People to People (DAPP) officials, where the former are accusing the latter of monopolizing business.
The vendors are forcing Dapp officials to concentrate on wholesale business only, leaving retail business to the poor women vendors.
“This MPCC has shown to be a peace building and development enhancement mechanism in which political party leaders at constituency or district level work together with various stakeholders to foster peaceful co-existence among members of political parties,” said Souza.
“Prior to the intervention of this committee, people in the district did not know exactly that we choose leaders to serve as us. At times they ignorantly resorted in taking the law into their own hands and this could resulted into loss of blood. This is bad in the wake of democracy and it retards development,” he hinted.
He said MPCC members are able to summon duty-bearers and service providers to a community development meeting where issues of development are discussed, noting this has helped a number of projects to be initiated and others which were stalled to be resuscitated.
“This is excellent as it augurs well with our Programme Estimate Number Two (PE 2) which entirely dwells on community empowerment,” elaborated Souza.
In his remarks, Dowa NICE District Civic Education Officer, Vincent Mbenjere urged the committee to continue crisscrossing the district and ensure that people with political inclinations co-exist peacefully.
David Msulira, MPCC Publicity Secretary of Peoples Transformation Party (Petra) pledged to continue working hard, saying they have a mission of seeing development in their area, adding this may be achieved if leaders of different political parties come together to discuss problems being experienced in their area.Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :